Doraemon Co-Creator's Chūnen Superman Saenai-shi Manga Gets Live-Action Show

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kyoko Koizumi star in series based on Hiroshi Fujimoto's manga

A live-action television series adaptation of Hiroshi Fujimoto's Chūnen Superman Saenai-shi manga has been green-lit. The series will premiere in January on NTV, and will air every Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen) will direct the series. Shinichi Tsutsumi will star in the lead role as the titular Saenai, and Kyoko Koizumi will play Saenai's strict wife Maruko.

The original manga's story centers on Saenai, a mildly dissatisfied middle-aged salaryman who one day receives a super suit from a mysterious man, and undertakes a mission to protect the world.

Fujimoto serialized the manga in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine from 1977 to 1978.

Fujimoto, whose author pseudonym is Fujiko F. Fujio, is perhaps best known as one half of the duo that created the iconic Doraemon manga. He created the manga alongside Motoo Abiko, and they worked under the pseudonym of Fujiko Fujio. When the duo split up, Abiko took the pseudonym Fujiko Fujio (A), and Fujimoto took the pseudonym Fujiko Fujio (F), later renamed to Fujiko F. Fujio. He passed away in 1996. Shogakukan reissued Chūnen Superman Saenai-shi as part of its "The Complete Works of Fujiko F. Fujio" line in 2012.

Source: Comic Natalie

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